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lincoln noted in the his first inaugural address that, quote: one section of our country believes slavery is right and ought to be extended while the other believes it is wrong b and ought to be extended -- sorry, and ought not to be extended, and this is the only substantial dispute, period. closed quote. the president of the confederate states of america, jefferson davis, reminded his congress in 1861 these are his words: the labor of african slaves was and is indispensable to our prosperity so that with interests of such overwhelming magnitude imperilled by the election to the presidency of an anti-slavery man by abraham lincoln, he meant, the people of the southern states were driven to the adoption of some course of action to avert the danger with which they were openly menaced. and that course of action, of course, was leaving the federal union. davis was not overstating the stakes for him if his fellow -- for him and his fellow slave owners, the more than 12 million souls who resided in the southern states in 1860. nearly one out of three of those people was enslaved, was owned out
laying his left hand on two bibles -- one owned by abraham lincoln and the other owned by dr. martin luther king, jr. afterward, obama will deliver a speech laying out his plans for the next four years. the nro ceremony will include music from singers james taylor, beyoncÉ, and others which will carry live during our extended five-our inauguration special. after our regular broadcast ends, we will continue to bring you coverage until 1:00 p.m. eastern standard time, including the swearing in ceremony. some stations will run the whole five our special, for others you can go to democracynow.org. this year, the inauguration also comes on the federal holiday in honor of dr. martin luther king, jr., who delivered his "i have a dream" speech 50 years ago, not far from here at the lincoln memorial. later in our special coverage, we will air excerpts of some of dr. king's less often played speeches, including "beyond vietnam." why he opposed the war in vietnam. but first, we turn to some of the voices of hope and resistance from sunday night's piece ball. not affiliated with any political p
of martin luther king and abraham lincoln. this is martin luther king day. we celebrate that, as well. the second time a president has been inaugurated on martin luther king day. about 800,000 people will be there on the mall. a little bit smaller than four years ago. but no less buoyant. a lot of smiling faces out there. we hear the choir of p.s. 22 in staten island. >> they are the largest choir in staten island. and i believe they are fifth graders. let's listen to them for a second. ♪ don't pay no mind to the feeling, until you feel it ♪ >> we love the caps. we love the swaying this morning. we've been thinking to ourselves, a second inauguration is typically not as -- not as surprising as the first inauguration. but nonetheless, it rededicates this country to big ideas. and the person who has to do it in his speech, walking up to the podium, is the president. we saw the first family walking in to st. john's church earlier this morning. >> they're at that worship service right now. there they are, right there, just before they walked into st. john's episcopal church, across th
to touch lincoln's bible. >>> we have got fog this morning -- just kidding. that was last sunday. no fogfest here. did i trick you, chuck? >> don't scare me. we have been baby sitting the forecast very carefully with everybody coming into town, and with the fog bank last week i don't want to hear the word "fog" for a while. and for early morning joggers and walkers and people heading out to the services, temperatures are in the 30s near 40 degrees, and very mild by january standards. and a breeze has windchills in the low to mid-30s, and there's a touch of bundle up factor and not all that cold. and up in the low 50s for a time today, we will see clouds on the increase and it's going to be a breezy day today. cold front number one, that will be the breeze and the beginning of the cooldown. how much cooler? may see snow flurries on the parade tomorrow ahead of the true arctic air. our coldest air in more than two years coming our way for the rest of the week coming up. >>> right now, getting around the district is not difficult but that will change in the next 24 hours. here is a
, richard nixon, to eisenhower, fdr, woodrow wilson, william mckinley, ulysses s. grant, abraham lincoln, anger jackson, james monroe, james madison, thomas jefferson, and george washington. down on the national mall where the crowds are gathering, we have a reporter in the middle of everything. >> right from a capital, in the middle of the national mall, three ladies with us and make the journey to this and operation. >> i am gloria, from seattle. >> michelle, new york. >> marion, pennsylvania. >> you decided to meet here. >> we are all three sisters. >> why did you decide to come to washington for the 57 and operation? >> i think we regretted not being here quarter years ago. we decided we would not miss it this time around. >> we never thought about it or we did not think it is possible to come altogether. >> how did this all happened? how did each of you get here? >> i drove up from pennsylvania. >> i flew in. >> gives me an average cost of how much this will come to, the bill to be here in washington and to stay overnight. >> probably over $2,000. hotel're able to find a and do all
. >> of course, there was lincoln's second inaugural where he talked about the wounds of the nation. we know that the president has been working on this president for weeks and major garrett, our chief white house correspondent, is at the white house this morning with a little bit of insight on what we might hear today. >> well, good morning, scott. those closest to the president tell us this speech is in the moment and it's going to talk, they hope, credibly, believably about responsibilities ahead. and the prospect for not only bipartisan compromise, and things that didn't seem achievable four years ago. it might be worth reminding us ourselves how the president ended first inaugural address four years ago. scott, the president talked about america being in the midst of a winter of our hardship and he urged the nation to brave icy currents and to endure whatever storms may come. there was a sense of forboding then, a sense of crisis, both economic and otherwise, that white house advisers that he feels is no longer as present now as it was then. so that's part of the optimistic note he'll s
: and abraham lincoln's, delivered to a nation divided by civil war. >> with malice toward none, with charity for all. >> reporter: a third theme, renewing our commitment to the values of our founding fathers. perhaps it's surprising the president found inspiration in the words of this former a adversa adversary. >> there can be no human rights without human liberty. >> reporter: aides tell us that, although the president disagrees with mr. bush's policy, he's moved by the speech's democratic principles. >> freedom by its nature must be chosen and defended by citizens. >> reporter: a message, aides say, the president will echo today, as he did at the white house last week. >> that most fundamental set of rights, to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. those rights are at stake. we're responsible. >> reporter: of all his predecessors, the president says he is most inspired by president lincoln. >> that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth. >> reporter: in november, mr. obama screened steven spielberg's movie "lincoln" at the white ho
was by abraham lincoln. guest: there are people who thinks that it outranks the gettysburg address. it is the greatest way sermon ever delivered in america. anyone who questions lincoln's spirituality as opposed to his denominational membership, read the second inaugural. it is a remarkable addressed for its eloquence. for the message. at that point, clearly the war is almost over. the obvious thing to do would- be self congratulations. guest: that is the magnanimous side. until the crime of human slavery was removed from the american landscape, the united states would not be right with god. it is an extraordinarily spiritual address. with malice toward none,lincoln was looking ahead to reconstruction. host: this morning in the "new york times," the historian one of a number of people offering advice for the president's second speech. guest: i would not offer advice to the president. the second inaugural is one of the more inaugurable addresses. fdr acknowledges that for all the progress made, remember the famous line -- clothed, ill fed. he was acknowledging unfinished business. h
address in history is the second inaugural address which is lincoln which some people say surpasses the gettysburg address. it's the best lay sermon no history. >> and dr. jill bide ep is accompanied by honey alexander, the wife of senator lamar alexander. and by debby boehner, wife of house speaker john boehner. sorry to interrupt you there. >> more recently, you may disagree with the content and the tone but no one will dispute the fact that george w. bush was aiming for the bleachers with his second inaugural with what he called his freedom speech which is -- in terms of projecting american force, moral and military around the world in the wake of 9/11 and the doctrine of preemptive military action. >> you knows the reference to lincoln, we talk about being in a divided america now. in many ways we are politically. but you think about lincoln and that inauguration, both of his, it was a different level. >> different level all together. he is involved in the conflict where half a million people would be killed, the end of channeled slavery. a lot is at stake. we're fighting now bu
goodwin later on. what is the chance he doesn't quote lincoln's second inaugural? >> i would be shocked if lincoln is not quoted. i would be shocked if specific issues aren't mentioned. that doesn't mean he isn't going to talk about newtown. but as far as talking about guns and gun control, he's got a state of the union in three weeks. advisers continue to remind us of that. hey, this is not a laundry list of things he wants to get done. yes, he has a small window. i think savannah is right, i think we'll be able to judge by the fourth of july of this year, has he gotten one of his gun proposals passed through congress, is immigration done? all of those things, if he can get them done, probably need to get done by the summer. but today's speech knot for that. that's that state of the union which takes place in three weeks. >> all right. chuck todd in front of reviewing stand. we want to show you, especially those just joining us the kind of calendar of events, the schedule upcoming. right now, the president is hosting congressional leaders inside the white house for a kind of traditiona
dome. the completion of that occurred 150 years ago. two years earlier when lincoln became president, the dome was half finished. it was sort of an eyesore. the conventional wisdom was the cannot finish this dome. to lincoln, the half finished dome symbolize a half divided nation. he thought it should be finished. it was. it is a symbol that we can do a lot in this country, no matter how tough the times are. >> after the ceremony, the luncheon, you mentioned new york food. how have you inserted new york and do this experience --
figures i admire probably more than anybody in american history is dr. king and president lincoln. for me to have the opportunity to use the bible they used on the 105th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the march on washington is fitting. their actions and the movement they represent are the only reason that it is possible for me to be inaugurated. it is also a reminder for me that this country has gone through tough times before but we always come out on the other side. we're constantly perfecting our union and making it more fair. we want everybody to have a fair shot in this country. if you work hard, you can make it. regardless of where you come from or what you look like. it is probably the most important thing to keep in mind when you are president of the united states. i will uphold my oath of office at the same time letting me remind people of the sacrifices of the past. from the presidential inaugural committee host: first lady michelle obama just turned 49 last week. she will have a big role during the next couple of days. here is take twe
are following a lincoln town car they thought that was suspicious. they stopped the car. one thing leads to another. a couple gang bangers in the car. lo and behold, the gun gets c's, a glock nine-millimeter pistol. because of the good process is still in place, that gun goes right to the illinois timeout, testfired and the test fires search through the database and this time there is a hit, a match. now police now attack nics from from that lincoln town car ways that gun used to kill bloomberg eight years before. the problem is that the people driving that car in possession of that gun eight years before were probably 10 or 11 years old they couldn't reach the pedals of that lincoln town car. frankly i have a problem reaching the pedals on a lincoln town car myself. but what's happened here is police depended on information and data available to them from the inside of the gun, the ballistics data to determine what crime that gun was used to commit. but now they were stymied. so what do they do? they turned to the outside of the gun. they made models hillier number, nomenclature, descri
crisis. we talked about abraham lincoln's second inaugural while the civil war was still going on. we talk about f.d.r.'s "we have nothing to fear." the great depression was on and unemployment with such staggeringly high numbers so this is a time where people have felt improvement since president obama came? we have to remember the crash of the economy stock market in such terrible shape. it's been a progressive incrementalism. but i have to say this speech is part of a progressive tradition of a theodore roosevelt speech in kansas where barack obama in 1911 when -- in 2011 he went and if you read the t.r. speech "the new nationalism" you'll find hit in the speech he gave today. you'll find it at f.d.r.'s second inaugural and in many of martin luther king's speeches. people talk about kennedy's inaugural about swords and switchbacks. it's a technique that worked brilliantly for john f. kennedy but i think the president had caught the aura of dr. king today quite well. >> pelley: and this day being inauguration day and martin luther king day all at the same time. doug, thanks very muc
for being with us. the most memorable second term address was by abraham lincoln. guest: people think that it outranked the gettysburg address. i would say it is the greatest lay sermon delivered in america. anyone who questioned his spirituality, read the second inaugural. it is a remarkable address. it is not a celebratory speech. at that point, the war is almost over. the most obvious thing to do would be some congratulations. host: with malice toward none. guest: that is the magnanimous side. until the crime of human slavery was removed from the american landscape, the united states would not be right with god. it is an extraordinarily spiritual address. lincoln was looking ahead to reconstruction. host: this morning in the "new york times," the historian one of a number of people offering advice for the president's second speech. guest: i would not offer advice to the president. the second inaugural is one of the more inaugurable addresses. i see a country one-third ill clothed, ill fed. host: as the author of the book "patriarch," he delivered the first second inaugural address.
lincoln, and the other by martin luther king jr., known for his civil rights and anti-poverty activism. the inauguration comes on january 21, the federal holiday in honor of the civil-rights leader who delivered his i have a dream" speech 50 years ago the lincoln memorial. he has addressed the issue of martin luther king and poverty before in 2011 when he spoke at the dedication of the martin luther king monument at the national. >> nearly 50 years after the march on washington, our work, dr. king's work, it is not yet complete. we gather here at the moment of great challenge and great change. in the first decade of this new century, we have been tested by war and by tragedy, economic crisis and its aftermath that has left millions out of work in poverty on the rise and millions more to struggle to get by. indeed, even before this crisis struck, we have entered a decade of rising inequality and stagnant wages, and too many troubled never across the country the conditions of our poor citizens appear a little changed from what existed 50 years ago. neighborhoods with underfunded schools
birthday and mine. >> eric: robert, president obama sworn in today with two bibles. one was abraham lincoln's and the second belonged to reverend leon, b., john f.be kennedy, dr. martin luther king junior or jeremiah wright. that is for you. >> kimberly: i think all the answers are "c" today. >> eric: he was sworn in on two bibles. dana, this is for you. stop cheating. five flags for flown at the capitol today. two of betsy ross colonials and one was the current flag and the other two. do we have a picture of that, by the way? >> kimberly: other two? >> eric: five flags. in the middle is the u.s. flag. and then betsy ross colonials. what are the two straddling the other? state of illinois when admitted to the union? or "b," when the state of hawaii was admitted -- >> greg: never happened. >> eric: "c," washington, d.c., made the capital. or afl-cio. >> dana: one is illinois. >> eric: they are both the united states flag of illinois. who was sworn in, global warming that you like to talk about. who is sworn in with the warmest temperature at the inauguration? >> greg: ronald reagan. >> eric:
. and then another. and then another. he gave them a quick -- a completely inebriated inaugural address. lincoln was mortified. i unfortunately for johnson, it sets a public image of the andrew johnson. another burly disastrous vice- presidential inaugural address was calvin coolidge as vice- president. he used his address to tell the senate how they should operate. it set him off on a bad -- starting in 1937, that is when the congress started before the president. now president and vice presidents are sworn outside on the steps. the vice president lost his chance to give an inaugural address. there was one exception in that long tradition of the inauguration speech tell that the capital. that was in 1945 when franklin roosevelt was being sworn in for a fourth time. franklin roosevelt, his third inauguration was done at the capitol, but his fourth one was in the middle of world war ii. he felt this was not the inopportune time to have an elaborate inauguration. he decided on his own to move the inauguration to the south front of the capital. the joint committee was not happy with that decision.
ceremony on martin luther king employing bibles by martin luther king and president lincoln. an address down the mall toward lincoln's memorial where dr. king gave his most famous speech. to spell out the country his vision for the next four years. it is america's quadrennial celebration of the office of the presidency, the orderly transition of power, the luminaries, the singers, the salutes, the speech, the pomp, the circumstance, the second inauguration of president barack obama starts right now. >>> welcome to washington. it is chilly but frankly bearable outside as the country prepares to celebrate the peaceful maintenance of power, the transferns of power from the first term administration of president barack obama to his second term administration. the president was officially sworn in by chief justice john roberts yesterday at the blue room at the white house as the first lady and the obama daughters looked on. but in the little less than two hours the president will affirm that oath before a much larger crowd with 100% more pomp and an equal proportion of circumstance. we have
of all time at 135 words. lincoln's terribly famous one in 1865 just 700 words. is shorter better the second time around? >> i think typically less is more with these kinds of speeches, but it's hard. you have a president who has been re-elected who knows this will be the last time he or she will ever do this, and they typically have something on their minds they want to say and they figure they're going to take the moment to do it, but by and large they're all better served if they can keep these things shorter rather than longer. >> don, did you write a short one for clinton's second inaugural? >> president clinton's second inaugural was longer than his first. it didn't stretch on and on, but i think we would have liked -- >> was that his fault or your fault? >> no comment, no comment. we would have liked to have been able to have another day for another edit, but it was a good speech, and, again, you know, they have something to say. president clinton in that case was talking about the 21st century and the millennium that we were moving towards and how he wanted america to come
term address was by abraham lincoln. guest: people think that it outranked the gettysburg address. i would say it is the greatest lay sermon delivered in america. anyone who questioned his spirituality, read the second inaugural. it is a remarkable address. it is not a celebratory speech. at that point, the war is almost over. the most obvious thing to do would be some congratulations. host: with malice toward none. guest: that is the magnanimous side. until the crime of human slavery was removed from the american landscape, the united states would not be right with god. it is an extraordinarily spiritual address. lincoln was looking ahead to reconstruction. host: this morning in the "new york times," the historian one of a number of people offering advice for the president's second speech. guest: i would not offer advice to the president. the second inaugural is one of the more inaugurable addresses. i see a country one-third ill clothed, ill fed. host: as the author of the book "patriarch," he delivered the first second inaugural address. is it inaugurable? guest: he had a thin ski
't have that great big concert down here by the lincoln memorial. that may make it somewhat cheaper, but everything out here costs money. so what is the final price tag? we can't find anybody in d.c. who will tell us or maybe even who knows. and perhaps that's no surprise, the brits still don't know for sure exactly what the queen's diamond jubilee cost last summer either and they had 60 years to get ready for that. >> smart not to add up all the numbers, just pay whatever it costs and then move on. what do you think? >> especially in this time all we're talking about in washington is cutting spending. >> what's great is the weather. >> the weather is amazing. >> how good is the weather. >> i'm overdressed right now. >> all of us are. it's sunny, beautiful. our chief meteorologist john king is standing by to give us a forecast for tomorrow, john. what's going on? what do we expect? >> if you're going to be the chief meteorologist, this is the day to be the scheef meteorologist. nobody can be mad at the weather man. take a look at a little inaugural history when it comes to the weath
, four presidents took the oath of office. here abraham lincoln served his single term in congress, and john quincy adams, the only former president to return to serve in the house spoke out against slavery. today we also remember in event that took place outside the building but reverberated within. this year marks the 50th anniversary of the reverend r. luther king junior's march on washington, which spurred passage of the historic civil rights laws. we are honored to have with us a colleague, congressman john lewis, a speaker at that historic march. [applause] ongressman lewis' life exemplifies the courage and sacrifice that has made our nation great. please stand and take about what so we can all recognize you. [applause] -- take a bow so that we can all srecognize you. behind us, the painting we have chosen for this luncheon is at niagara falls. 6.is was painted in 1850 sike for me, niagara falls never fails to inspire a tremendous all of the natural beauty of our country. then and now, the mighty falls symbolize the grandeur, power, and possibility of america. i want to thank
]. >> this was not lincoln, although lincoln's second inaugural is referenced early on in the speech. that was in the middle of the civil war when lincoln gave that. this is not f.d.r., we have nothing to fear but fear itself, in the middle of the gr"great depression." a speech on social justice and injecting into the main fabric of american history and seneca falls and what that meant in 1948, civil rights movement and equality and inject seneca falls and mentioned women about three different times, mentioned stonewall, which when i went to graduate school here at georgetown, stonewall was considered lefty history not in the main fabric of the mainstream books, he threw stonewall in there as if it was a military battle site. and then selma. i thought that made it a historic speech. i can see why the republicans aren't that happy with it. it did seem to be a speech that appealed to the base largely. those reasons and then finally climate, joe, the president not talking about climate in '12, in debates climate didn't come up. the journalist never asked one climate question. i think 50 years from now, climate
dr. katie and president lincoln. they're actors, the movement there represented are the only reason it's possible for me to be inaugurated. at chicago union station congressman danny davis boarded an amtrak train for a 17 hour ride to the nation's capital with high hopes for what lies ahead. the president was reelected which is an indication to us that this continues to move in a positive and progressive way. the south shore drill team is gearing up right now they are going to hit the road later on tonight they needed $45,000 to make this trip happen so far they have raised more than 50,000. the 500 lb. cheesecake made right here in chicago always in front of the camera for the big events around the country. this is their fourth inauguration trip celebration cakes for the president's first one the white house releasing president obama as second presidential portraits days before the inauguration this time he opted for a smile the new photo was shot in the oval office on december 6th. join us monday for his second inauguration. our special coverage at 9:00 a.m. the theme of this year
it is in getting there, it doesn't matter. >> cenk: i get that point. if you watch lynn lincoln, it's not like the 13th amendment is pretty. i'm thrilled with the progressive ending, don't get me wrong. some people are less than thrilled to seeing president obama using martin luther king jr.'s bible. >> when i got the news that my dear brother, barack obama was going to hut his precious hand on martin luther king jr.'s bible, i got upset. >> brother martin luther king jr. what would you say about the new jim crow? what would you say about the industrial complex, what would you say about the invisibility of so many of our prisoners so many of our incarcerated, especially when 62% of them are there for soft drugs but not one executive for the wall street bank going to jail. [applause] not one. ! martin doesn't like that. not one wiretapper not one torcher under the bush administration at all. then what do you say about the drones being dropped on our precious brothers and sisters in pakistan somalia and yemen. >> cenk: dr. cornell west said that on thursday in poverty in america panel. chris, do
much sand in the roadway. >> the beach side road was closed yesterday between slow boulevard in lincoln away. >> a long term project to repair and replace parts of great highway begins tomorrow. >> the project will take nine months to start on the northern end of the road where a transition into point lobos avenue near the cliff house. >> one lane warm and open during construction. >> now to the widespread outbreak of flu which is still the least 20 children around the country. >> here in california for about to die from the flu. >> and the sickness could just be getting started here. >> at last check, the flaw was widespread in 47 states. that does not include california. >> there is not enough gassings to meet demand. that was last week. now this week officials say the spot shortages over and help is on the way. this is dr. smith and infectious disease expert for kaiser. >> there are local shortages for out and nationally that we are experiencing a redistribution and difficult piece. we're just getting the best thing for all the people that have it right now. >> the doctor has a large
the. >> at the golden globes when he talked about lincoln amy and tina said do you know who that was? that was hillary clinton's husband. >> called him bill rodham clinton. >> love it. our friend of bills this hour we will be joined very, very excited to welcome congress woman january shikowski from illinois here in studio. her first visit, been on the show many times. her first visit in studio in your honor. >> that's great. i am a friend of jill's too. january's. >> >>. >> who the hell is jill? >> i don't know. >> big announcement at the whitehouse. we will preview that for you but first. >> this is the full court press. >> checking other headlines, making news on this wednesday president obama is getting new license plates for all of his cars. the white house announcing yesterday he is having the dc taxation without representation listens plates put on his limos to stand in solidarity to the dc residents who pay federal taxes but do not get anything for that. they get no representation in congress. he did not have the plates on his ca
, today looking at the lincoln memorial. live here on c-span. the lincoln memorial in washington. up the steps, kids from the fifth grade from watkins elementary school in washington will read the entire speech from martin luther king jr.'s "i have a dream"speech . we are streaming all of our coverage today. president obama begins his second term. sunday is the official swearing- in ceremony at the white house, and our coverage will include your phone calls, and we look back at the president's 2009 inaugural address at 10:30 eastern. on monday, the public inaugural ceremonies at the capitol. we will have live all-day coverage monday beginning at 7:00 and the eastern, c-span, c- span radio, and c-span.org. coming up, a discussion on the safety of the u.s.-mexican border and how immigration is being affected. we will hear from remarks from a homeland assistant secretary in new mexico. that is coming up at 4:15 eastern on c-span. tonight, we will show you inaugural speeches from the last 60 years, starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern with president ronald reagan's 1981 address, bill clinton in
to movies, "abraham lincoln" on the big screen to president obama on "snl." playing the president is in. we'll look at why and the impact our fictional presidents are making on the entertainment world. >>> and then we are nothing if not resourceful as a culture. and here is the proof. this dad used a vacuum clear to create the perfect ponytail for his daughter. wii. we're going to look at some the most talked about viral videos and show a couple of new ones that you may not have seen. >> does that qualify for "don't try this at home"? >> a little bit. >>> later, if it looks like a twinkies and smells like a twinkie, it should taste lake a twinkie, right? we'll see. it's been about two months since the popular snacks disappeared off the store shelves. since then, new cream-filled sponge cakes have taken their place. we'll find out how they stack up. here jenna will be doing the taste test. >> sure. all of it. >> the story was jenna's idea, actually. >> what? >> you were mourning the twinkie. it was your idea. >> a little bit. and we'll see -- >> part of her workout routine. >> it is. lift tw
-working americans. our future depend on our ability to dream big and build big. president lincoln once said you can not escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. well, we are looking at tomorrow and we see what needs to be done. let me just conclude with this. the next big challenge for transportation will be to help congress put together the next transportation bill. now, the only reason this map 21 bill is a two-year bill because that is all the money that congress could find. we need more than a two-year bill. we need certainty we need to be able to give the states and transportation officials all over this country certainty. a five or six-year bill gives that certainty. the big debate over the next two years as congress puts together a transportation bill and many of you will be involved in this, is not what america needs. we all know what america needs. if i asked every table here to put together a list of what america needs the list would all be the same. they would be. they wouldn't be dissimilar. the debate in washington and in america when it comes to infrastructure is how
that occurred 150 years ago in 1863. when abraham lincoln took office, it was i have built eyesore. commissioner wisdom is that it should be left unfinished until the war ended. to president lincoln the half finished dome symbolize they have divided notion. lincoln said it people see the capital going on its is a sign we intend the union shall go on. despite the conflict which engulfed the nation, surrounded the city, and the dome continue to rise. on december 2 comment the statue of freedom was placed atop the dome where she still stands today. it was a former slave who helped cast the statute. our present times are not as airless. in 2013, far too many doubted the future of the nation and our ability to attack our own half finished domes. times are so complex. differences in the country and the world are so deep. we will never overcome them. thoughts like these produce anxiety, fear, and despair. we do well to remember that americans have always been and still are a practical, optimistic, problem solving people. no matter how steep the climb, how difficult the problems, how have finished the t
lincoln. that expression of the spirit of freedom is what we want you to take with you today, and it is contained in this portfolio that you will receive from the joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies, along with a frame depiction of the capitol as it appeared at the start of the civil war. you heard it well described by chairman schumer in his remarks. today the statue of freedom and the spirit of freedom watches over the capital as another president from illinois has taken the oath of office. despite the challenges at home and abroad, we heard in president obama's eighth inaugural address a message of hope, a vision of peace, progress, prosperity, and the promise of freedom for all. may god bless you, president obama, vice-president biden, and your families. congratulations, with wishes for much success for you, for that is the success of our nation. may god bless you all, may god bless america. [applause] >> mr. president and dr. biden and your whole wonderful families, i rise now to toast the vice president of the united states and my former colleague and
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